Tasting Australia Airlines – Melbourne to Limestone Coast

Sat 11—Sun 12 May 2024


Even ancient places can be seen anew. Go further on this overnight adventure. Explore natural wonders and indulge across dining experiences only South Australia’s Limestone Coast can offer. Think caves and sinkholes, crays and contemporary wine. Mayura Station wagyu is a given – and so too are surprises. Forget a four-hour drive. By plane you’ll reach the region in just 40 minutes, with ample time to discover its treasures. 

Five chefs are crafting food for the journey: culinary legend Mark Best, together with South Australian stars Tony Carroll, Kirby Shearing, Clare Falzon and Paul Stone. Each has a unique take on mod-Oz cuisine, embracing its breadth in delicious new ways. Their work here is sure to be remarkable.  

The Limestone Coast begins at the Victorian border and extends to the edge of South Australia’s Coorong. Rich volcanic soils nourish much of its produce, with historic coastal towns and the internationally recognised Coonawarra wine region among visitor attractions.        

Guests on this Tasting Australia Airlines journey will travel direct from Melbourne’s Essendon Fields Airport to Naracoorte aboard a private charter plane. First is a tour of the spectacular Naracoorte Caves and fare prepared by Carroll, most recently of standout Adelaide restaurant Fishbank.

From there it’s a short ride by bus to the Coonawarra vineyards of winemaker Sue Bell, whose Bellwether Wines label has a new take on tradition. Much is afoot beyond hefty cabernet, as Bell – and two fellow district winemakers – will show. Enjoy a fireside dish with your tastings.  

Penola is home for the night; check in and freshen up before an indulgent dinner at nearby Ottelia. Chef Stone is at the helm of the former schoolhouse turned restaurant; joining him for this occasion are Best – formerly of Sydney fine diner Marque, integral in the opening of Melbourne’s Ritz-Carlton and now consulting to The Calile in Brisbane – together with South Australian talent Falzon. Expect wine selections in celebration of Coonawarra’s rich legacy: the producers taking this unique South Australian terroir to the world.    

Day two will begin with a visit to Mount Gambier’s Umpherston Sinkhole/Balumbul, a magical sunken garden, for coffee and breakfast prepared by local chef Shearing. Then comes the coast. You’ll tour local seafood purveyor Ferguson Australia at Port Macdonnell before a crayfish-driven lunch courtesy of Carroll.   

Venture beneath the surface on this very special, all-inclusive odyssey. From sustainable farms to extraordinary apples, the Limestone Coast is a region reimagined.  

Travelling from Adelaide? Jump aboard Tasting Australia Airlines – Adelaide to Limestone Coast.


  • Return flight from Melbourne (Essendon Fields Airport) to Limestone Coast via private charter plane – including on-board refreshments 
  • One night accommodation at the Alexander Cameron Suites in Penola (twin share) 
  • All coach transfers on the Limestone Coast 


  • Guided tour of Naracoorte Caves including drink and substantial snack 
  • Wine tasting and fireside dish at Bellwether Wines 
  • Four-course dinner at Ottelia restaurant including paired wines 


  • Breakfast and visit to Umpherston Sinkhole/Balumbul  
  • Tour of premium seafood supplier Ferguson Australia 
  • Lunch and paired beverages 


Our menus utilise regional produce at the height of its season and take months of careful planning. Many of the dishes featured will not be adaptable for particular dietary requirements. This event can cater to vegetarian, vegan and coeliac dietary requirements, although the menu may not be designed or executed by the visiting chefs. For any other requirements please contact the event organiser prior to purchasing.

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From $1850 to $1850